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Miracle B1 vitamin

Q: I have heard a lot said about the miracle B1 vitamin for ailing and repotted trees. I am very interested to know what effect this has on newly potted trees, and any other interesting information about it.

A: If it is a miracle medicine, it still has to be proved, but it most definitely helps to prevent "shock" after transplanting, especially after drastic root pruning. It also helps weak trees to re-establish themselves. It can be purchased at any chemist under the name Thiamine Hydrochloride BP (Vitamin B 1), each tablet containing 10Omg. I use 1 tablet per 2 litres of water when watering from the top and 1 tablet per 5 litres when dunking.

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Random Bonsai Tip

If surface roots are unequally spread around the trunk or if they are lacking completely you can drill holes and insert match sticks or make deep scars around the base of the trunk on the side where the roots are needed below soil level. Apply hormone powder and sphagnum moss; cover with plastic and keep moist. Leave for 6 months to 1 year for the roots to develop.